The Agricultural Wages Board has backed new pay rates for the sector.
The board said the abolishment of the casual worker rate and a basic pay rise of 3 per cent to £4.91 is a step in the right direction.
Employer representatives resigned from the board, made-up of unions and individual participants, before the pay decision was made. Instead, they issued an alternative set of proposals that were rejected by the board, who felt they were worse than the agreed terms.
The T&G union said the employers' decision was disappointing.
Peter Allenson, T&G national secretary for agriculture, said: "A solid case for better pay was put to the board, and we believe it made the right decision for the farming industry. Farm workers deserve better pay and these new rates will go some way toward that.
"It is deplorable that the employers have chosen to walk away from the board. Negotiations are beneficial to all parties and the farmers cannot participate on their terms only."